Giving back—It is a great challenge as we encounter trials and push through the journey to remember to give back. When we are blessed, we often times forget that as we are blessed, we have to bless others. Each gift looks a little different. The over involved person, may need to give time, the wealthy person, money, the listener, prayer and the talented people their talents. What we really need to give back is our submission. Until we can agree to give up our lives to God—our time, talent and money are secondary. The question is—what is controlling us, whatever it is, we need to give it back to the Lord. As for tithing, God will absolutely bless those that tithe. He longs to bless us. So give him a chance. Malachi 3:12—Trust me , Try me, Prove me says the Lord of Hosts and see if a blessing, unmeasured blessing will not fall back on you!
God Bless You
20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God 22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth. ”
When Jacob awoke—he realized How awesome is a place where God is. He saw that it is about the most awesome place on earth. We see so many amazing things. We see his beauty in Nature, we see his mercy in our lives and we see his salvation in the midst of our sin. God is awesome. We cannot replace his glory with any earthly thing. It became clear to Jacob that even a bed on the ground with a rock for a pillow becomes a glimpse of Heaven when God showed up.
We need to see things from the same eternal perspective. We can be in God’s very presence and be oblivious to it if we fail to pay attention. The best way to get that is to simply seek him in the word and in prayer. The more in touch we are with him, the more aware we become of his presence. Our prayer needs to be, Father help me to seek you and you only—then like Jacob we can wake up in the most amazing place on earth.
God Bless You
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. ”
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.
Esau just did not get it. When Isaac and Rebekah sent Jacob on his way, they blessed him and gave him direction how to stay separate from the culture. Jacob left with the blessing and direction in mind. Esau was angry, but did not understand so in response he married a woman from Ishmael’s clan as steeped in local culture as the other Canaanites he married. Esau thought this was a problem of marrying outside the family line—when it was really an issue of keeping separate from the culture.
We do the same. In our culture, we surround ourselves with trappings and meetings thinking that is what God wants. We go to the right church, say the right things and distance ourselves from the right issues. But, what God wants is complete surrender. He wants us to separate from the world’s culture. He wants us to think and be different than the rest of the world. It is not what we do, it is simply who we are. If we live a life like Christ, our actions will stand out without even a conscious effort. We will also experience peace that we never thought possible. Help me Lord, to walk and live separate from the world culture.
God Bless You
So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman. 2 Go at once to Paddan Aram, to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. 3 May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. 4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” 5 Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.
6 Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. 8 Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; 9 so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.
Backlash—Isaac and Rebekah’s attempts to circumvent each other ultimately ended in God’s plan being executed. Since there was so much deception, however, Esau became bitter and planned the death of His Brother. Esau was not a Godly man and did not care to follow God’s plan to build the nation of Israel. Had his father, been honest with himself and his son, Esau would have been unhappy but, would have accepted the truth. Instead he was bitter and wanted his brother’s life.
God does not make the journey easy. When we attempt to circumvent him, there is backlash. Time and again we see the backlash, in his word and in our lives. Time and again we need to seek his way. If we will wait upon him, the reward will be great. He wants his best for us—we simply need to wait on his best and not try to form our own plan. Help me Lord to patiently await YOUR PLAN.
God Bless You
41 Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”